This is a Guest Post on my blog by Novemberschild (Romila)
Just like me if you work from home, you will be very familiar with how the two sides of your life can cross over one another. On one hand, you’re a writer/blogger/businesswoman/entrepreneur, running your work and plotting your future success. You stand in your home office, sipping a cup of coffee, and feeling like the world is your oyster.
Then you move into the living room, and suddenly, you’re a home person. You’re a domestic goddess, helping family members and taking care of their every need. You move between the two roles multiple times per day, to the point where the lines begin to blur. You start to do ironing or do laundry; go through paperwork while sitting on the sofa/bed– it’s inevitable, and there’s nothing wrong with it either. I enjoy working this way.
If you read any guidelines regarding working from home, they will all say the same thing: Keep things separate. Never shall the two sides of you meet. Maintain separation at all times. The truth, however, is that this is next to impossible to achieve. You can’t ignore the work phone if you’re tidying the bathroom, nor can you dismiss your family if you’re sitting at your desk running a spreadsheet– the two signs of you are going to blend.
That’s a good thing. It is actually a good thing to multitask.
If you are so used to the idea that Work You and The person you are, should be kept separate, the idea that it’s okay to fuse the two may sound a little odd. However, it’s actually a positive.
If you’re wondering why then it’s easy to follow: why did you start to work from home in the first place? The vast majority of people will emphasize a desire to be close to their family, to always be available to everyone, to be able to avoid the hours wasted on a commute. What is the point, then, of rigorously separating the two versions of you? You might as well be working in an office.
Of course, your attitude to your home will change when you’re also using it as your office. You have unique requirements so that you can have the space for both halves of you to flourish. There’s no denying this changes your perspective and will force you to seriously think about your requirements when you’re next redesigning or moving home. You will likely consider outside-the-box options like single storey home designs or even outbuilding conversions; unconventional house plans that actually suit a from-home worker perfectly.
There is also the fact that you’re likely to need escapism at times. Your home can remind you too much of work, but this can also be beneficial– it’s encouragement to get outdoors and explore the world rather than just opting for a night on the sofa.
Working from home is a lifestyle choice, and it will impact your everyday life in a number of ways. It will change your priorities for the future of your home. It will mean that, sometimes, you just need to escape– but working from home also gives you access to a sense of freedom that just can’t be denied.
About the Guest writer/ blogger: Novemberschild is an experienced blogger who has been around since 2004. She is a voracious reader, e-books author, devoted coffee-drinker, avid thinker and a fashion lover. Music is her passion and you can find her writing most of the time. She is extremely friendly, helpful and a happy person. She is a certified homebody when the moment calls for it but at the same time, she loves to get out and explore from time to time.
You can get in touch with her at Twitter and also visit her blog, links below:
1. Blog- https://www.novemberschild.com
2. Twitter – https://twitter.com/romspeaks